School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


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Geotechnics and Geomatics

Our research develops improved methods for modelling, designing and monitoring structural and geotechnical systems using computational and experimental approaches.


We aim to increase understanding of interactions between earthworks, vegetation and climate change and produce guidance for the safety and resilience of infrastructure.

Our modelling and computational techniques for assessing the performance of new and existing structures under severe loading conditions have enhanced the accuracy of structural and geotechnical monitoring.

Our research addresses:

  • Stability of slopes
  • Reliability of soil-geosynthetic systems
  • Enhanced sport infrastructure
  • Digital photogrammetry and monitoring


Listening for landslides

In collaboration with the British Geological Survey, we have developed a new sensor for detecting landslides which listens to the soil and rock as it starts moving, and produces an early warning message so that action can be taken.

Revolutionising landslide detection and early warning

We have developed Slope ALARMS which detect impending landslides and provide early warnings.

Revolutionising landslide detection and early warning


  • Professor Neil DixonAreas of research include climate change impacts of geotechnical infrastructure, slope stability, monitoring, geosynthetics, sustainable design
  • Dr Alister Smith: Areas of research include slope stability, smart infrastructure, monitoring
  • Dr Alessandro Palmeri: Areas of research include structural dynamics, probabilistic mechanics
  • Dr Ashraf El-Hamalawi: Areas of research include numerical modelling, dynamic and static behaviour of soil-structure systems, computer-aided engineering
  • Dr Chris Goodier: Areas of research include concrete technology, structural assessment, onsite and offsite construction
  • Dr Giorgio Barone: Areas of research include structural dynamics, continuum mechanics, life-cycle engineering
  • Dr Jamal El-Rimawi: Areas of research include structures at elevated temperatures
  • Dr Paul Fleming: Areas of research include engineering of sport surfaces, performance testing of soil systems
  • Dr Matthew Frost: Areas of research include performance testing of soil systems, railway engineering and track-bed behaviour
  • Dr Teresa Lombardo: Areas of research include computational mechanics, structural dynamics, structural engineering
  • A Novel Precast Structural System for Modular Housing
  • Artificial Turf: Integrating Maintenance and Sport Surface Science
  • Assessment of Landslides using Acoustic Real-time Monitoring Systems (ALARMS): Low Cost Sensor Development and Exploitation
  • Assessment of Landslides using Acoustic Real-time Monitoring Systems (ALARMS): Proof of Concept
  • Assessment of Landslides using Acoustic Real-time Monitoring Systems (ALARMS): Sensor Technical Development
  • Biological and Engineering Impacts of Climate Change on Slopes: Learning from full scale
  • Challenging Lock-in in Urban Energy Systems (CLUES) Extension
  • Changing Environments and Infrastructure
  • Civil Engineering Developments within the Renewable Energy Sector
  • Collaborative Highway Engineering to provide Optimisation and Best Value
  • Developing Knowledge Regarding Sustainable Construction in the National University of Civil Engineering of Vietnam
  • Disaggregated Scenarios for Demand Studies (DS4DS)
  • Durability assessment of concrete containing recycled materials and corrosion management of reinforced concrete structures


PhD opportunities

Our PhD students play a central role in our wide-ranging research activities, making vital contributions to the success of the research itself. Find out more about our PhD opportunities.

PhD opportunities

Athena Swan Bronze award

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School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU